Finding A Literary Agent

ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A LITERARY AGENT TO REPRESENT YOUR NOVEL? HERE'S SOME HELP TO GET YOU GOING.

Make a list of ten agents. Read their submission requirements. Write a query and a synopsis. See if the agent accepts email submission or hard copies. See if she only wants a query letter or if she also wants some sample chapters. If she wants the chapters, make sure you format the manuscript correctly: double-spaced using a 12-point Times New Roman font. As for margins, I don’t think any agent will measure them, but don’t clutter too much on the page because the agent, or her assistant, will be more impressed if those pages seem to be going by fast.

One more thing. At the top of each page, upper left, put a header with your last name and the title divided by a slash. On the upper right put the page number. This is important because if you’re emailing the pages, after the agent prints them out she’s going to get them mixed up with another manuscript she just printed out. If you mail a hard copy, she’s going to drop the entire manuscript on the floor when she’s trying to get it out of the envelope. A couple big rubber bands might be a good idea too.

If you mail your submission include a SASE — otherwise known as a self-addressed stamped envelope. That’s for your rejection letter.

As these rejection letters trickle in (isn’t it nice to get mail?) find more agents and send out more queries. Every rejection will bring you one step closer to success.

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